This may look scary but it’s truly delicious with a fresh, sweet, gingery taste.
Celery from the garden is nothing like those in large supermarkets. It is sweet with a slight nutty flavour. The green varieties are great for juices.
Apple, Celery and Coconut Water Juice
- 1 green apple
- 1/2 inch ginger (sometimes a little more because I like it spicy)
- 1 stick celery
- 1/4 lemon
- Couple of Kale leaves (I love Cavolo Nero and grow it the garden)
- Coconut Water
- 1 scoop of green superfood (optional)*
- Matcha tea (optional)
*I use Amazing Grass’ Raw Reserve green superfood powder but any good green superfood will do.
Put the ingredients one by one into a juicer. If you’re adding a green superfood/matcha, do so directly to the juice and vigorously stir in.
The easiest celery to grow in a small garden space is a self-blanching variety. This means you won’t have to worry about earthing-up the stems. Blanching celery is what stops it being tough and makes it sweeter.
Sow in modules undercover/indoors in mid-spring. They must have temperatures consistently above 10 degrees as otherwise they will bolt when planted. They may take a little while to come up and grow a little slowly but once you have good sized plants (6 – 8 inches with at least 5 true leaves) you can transfer them to their final place once all frost has passed. Space them around 6 inches apart. I grow my celery in a pot and the spacing still applies as they will eventually become large plants with lots of thick stems but it’s close enough to their neighbours to make the stems slightly more tender.
Regardless of whether planting in a pot of in the ground, celery will need to be keep well watered. Their native habitats are waterlands and so they need moisture and good, rich soil to thrive. In a container I do this by adding lots of rich, well rotted organic matter.
Harvest what you need each time rather than the whole plant. It will mean that the remaining stems are fresh when you need them.
*variety Loretta. Other varieties to try, Giant Red, this so pretty when it grows with streaks of red in the stems. It is a great celery for soups.